\ ˈwimp How to pronounce wimp (audio) \

Definition of wimp

: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person

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Other Words from wimp

wimpiness \ ˈwim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce wimpiness (audio) \ noun
wimpish \ ˈwim-​pish How to pronounce wimpish (audio) \ adjective
wimpishness \ ˈwim-​pish-​nəs How to pronounce wimpishness (audio) \ noun
wimpy \ ˈwim-​pē How to pronounce wimpy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for wimp


softy (or softie), weakling, wuss (also wussy)



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Examples of wimp in a Sentence

just because you can't lift 300 pounds doesn't mean you're a wimp what kind of wimp would just give in to peer pressure?

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Establishment wimps like Jeb Bush framed their stance as only wanting to allow Christian refugees into the country, but Trump didn’t even try to give his reactionary proposals a humanitarian gloss. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism," 5 Aug. 2019 Not being wimps means throwing China out of the World Trade Organization or negotiating a free-trade deal. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lessons From an ’80s Trade War," 7 Oct. 2018 Comparing working in the White House to being in Iraq as well as expressing his love for the anonymous White House coward wimp. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: You're the reason Trump is president, Barack," 8 Sep. 2018 Separately, even weather wimps like myself can deal with it. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s no place like home for weather weaklings," 11 June 2018 That’s not to say that these classifications — horror buffs, horror wimps — are totally set in stone. Cari Romm, The Cut, "What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You," 14 June 2018 From pregnancy to labor pains and giving birth to the growing pains as a first-timer, simply put, motherhood is not for wimps. Alicia Harper, Redbook, "What Motherhood Has Taught Me," 29 Dec. 2011 There’s the box, the wheel, the win and the wimp’s special — the show bet. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "This foolproof Kentucky Derby 'winning' plan starts in the garden," 4 May 2018 Her shudder was also a show of contempt for all those Chicago wimps who’d recently been to Florida, or San Diego, or Arizona and spent their time gloating about it on Facebook. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Once again, Detective April Hope goes in search of Chicago's spring," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wimp

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wimp

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English Language Learners Definition of wimp

informal : a weak person who lacks confidence, courage, etc.

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